Urban Public Health & Nutrition

Mission Statement

Reflecting Lasallian values and the mission of La Salle University, the mission of the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition is to educate students from diverse backgrounds in the disciplines of public health and nutrition science so they are equipped to prevent and treat disease and to promote the health and wellness of individuals, families, and urban populations. We accomplish our mission through teaching, research, service, and evidence-based practice, while focusing on the equitable treatment of individuals and populations.

Department Goals

Urban Public Health and Nutrition Department Goals

  • Graduates meet the competencies required by the accrediting bodies of their respective professions and are prepared for entry level positions and/or further studies in their fields.
  • Faculty will have expertise in Public Health and/or Nutrition, especially public health and nutrition in urban communities, and will convey this expertise via effective teaching and student advising.

Research Goals

  • Students and faculty will engage in Public Health and Nutrition research and scholarly activities.

Service Goals

  • Students and faculty will engage in service activities within the University and for the larger community. Particular emphasis is placed on service opportunities addressing the needs of urban communities.

Workforce Development Goal

  • The Department will provide training and workforce development opportunities that meet the needs of the Public Health and Nutrition professionals serving urban communities.

Diversity Goal

  • Within the available applicant pool, the Department will strive to increase or maintain the proportion of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in program faculty and students.

Major(s) Offered

4-year B.S. in Nutrition (Didactic Program)

5-year B.S in Nutrition and M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics Practice(Coordinated Program in Dietetics)

Public Health

Minor(s) Offered

Public Health

Nutrition

Location/Contact Information

Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, MPH
Chair, Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition
Director and Assistant Professor
Master of Public Health Program
La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde Tower – Office 3333
La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa 19141
215.951.5032
robertsonjames@lasalle.edu

Sara Shuman, PhD, MPH
Director, BS Public Health Program and Assistant Professor
La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde - Third floor - Room 3330
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215.438.6591
shumans@lasalle.edu

Valerie Bradley, BA
Administrative Assistant, Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition
La Salle University, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde Tower, Room 3014
215.951.1120
bradley@lasalle.edu

Laura B. Frank, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN
Associate Professor
Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition 
Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition
La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences
3004 St. Benilde Tower
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215.991.3617
frankl@lasalle.edu

Liz Zorzanello Emery, MS,RD,CNSC,LDN
Assistant Professor and Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences
3019 St Benilde Tower
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215.991.3618
emery@lasalle.edu

Staff Contact Information

Valerie S. Bradley, B.A., Administrative Coordinator

bradley@lasalle.edu

Full-Time Faculty

Public Health

PROFESSOR: Rodriguez, Harner

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Robertson-James, Shuman, Rexing

Nutrition

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Frank

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Danowksi; Emery; Adams; Laura